Aimyon Releases ‘Seishun to Seishun to Seishun’ Music Video
16.July.2021 | MUSIC
Aimyon posted a music video for her song Seishun to Seishun to Seishun on July 9. The track is originally taken from her 3rd single Kimi wa Rock o Kikanai which was released all the way back on August 2, 2017.
The song featured as a couple track on the single which dropped almost four years ago. It was made for a commercial for Kirin Beer’s Tanrei Green Label. It has always been a popular song amongst fans who are sure to be delighted at this long-awaited video.
Aimyon – “Seishun to Seishun to Seishun”【OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO】
The video was directed by Pennacky who also worked on Aimyon’s Choyo music video. It features Aimyon, the song’s producer Sunday Kamide, and his band in a tiny diorama of a train and its journey.
Aimyon | Comment
“I told my staff a long time ago that I wanted to make a music video of this song one day, but there wasn’t an opportunity and the days and months just began to build up. I never thought we’d pick up this song again in this way. My prayers were answered and we made a music video. We have that summer breeze and feeling of youthfulness on board. It’s an exciting video, so I hope people enjoy it together with the song.”
Pennacky (Director) | Comment
“It’s an honour to be the director of this famous song by Aimyon. I hope people who know about the song already, as well as those who have yet to hear it, will enjoy it.”
Taichi Mukai Releases Music Video for Dragon Quest Anime Opening Theme
Taichi Mukai’s newest track Bravest is currently available on streaming platforms worldwide, and serves as the opening theme to the ongoing Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai anime series. Now, the official music video has been uploaded to YouTube!
Fans of the series will take note of the meaningful lyrics, dotted with powerful words about friendship and long journeys. The song hopes to inspire listeners and to give people the strength to keep fighting during difficult times.
Bravest (Official Music Video)
The video was directed by Tai Nakazawa, who has also worked on music videos for Shota Shimizu, aiko, [Alexandros], and others. He previously directed Mukai’s music videos for Get Loud and Celebrate! Keep an eye out while watching to catch a glimpse of the singer wearing pieces from costume designer TOMO KOIZUMI.
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Creator Ujita Mai and Vocaloid Producer 40mP Release First Song and Music Video
20.October.2021 | MUSIC
40mP is one of the most beloved Vocaloid producers, having released a number of smash hits over the years including Kakakuri Pierrot and Love Trial. On September 25, 2021, the artist released his first collaborative track with multifaceted creator Ujita Mai on streaming platforms. Her track Hitoriuta ~September How YOU doin’?~ has been a massive hit with young people on TikTok.
The message of the duo’s track Tsuno (Horn) is the importance of meeting someone who can accept your individuality.
The music video for the track will be uploaded to 40mP’s YouTube channel on October 16 at 21:00. The artwork and video were illustrated by Mikkun, who has also worked on videos for Honey Works and Amatsuki in the past.
40mP YouTube Channel
Horn – Ujita Mai x 40mP
Release Date: September 25, 2021
MV Release Date: October 16, 2021 at 21:00
Streaming Sites: https://lnk.to/Tsuno_Horn
40mP YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/40meterP
BABYMETAL Says Goodbye With Official 10th Anniversary Video on YouTube
18.October.2021 | MUSIC
Metal J-pop group BABYMETAL has brought their 10th-anniversary celebration to a close with a new YouTube video. The group previously announced that their history would be ‘sealed’ on October 10, 2021.
BABYMETAL – THE ONE – STAIRWAY TO LIVING LEGEND
The video shows SU-METAL and MOAMETAL climbing a staircase into the clouds, leaving the Earth in order to become ‘living legends’ of the Metal Galaxy they have cultivated for the past decade. Fans will also recognize the track THE ONE, which has become the group’s anthem.
BABYMETAL has been celebrating its anniversary for the past year with special concert performances, limited-time merchandise, and exhibitions. The 10 BABYMETAL BUDOKAN concert, held this year from January to April, was the group’s first collection of solo shows at Nippon Budokan.
Despite all of the fanfare, this might not be the end of BABYMETAL. Sadly, it has been said that ‘only the Fox God knows’ when the seal will be broken, but the girls are asking fans to ‘stay metal’ until the next chapter of their journey is announced.
10 BABYMETAL YEARS
Aimyon’s New Song ‘Heart’ Scheduled to Drop Ahead of Album Release
13.October.2021 | MUSIC
Massively popular J-pop star Aimyon is scheduled to drop her new single Heart on November 24, 2021. As a gift for more impatient fans, the song will be available to stream ahead of the CD’s physical release, hitting a number of music platforms on October 20, 2021.
In September, it was announced that the track would serve as the theme song for Konnintodoke ni Han wo Oshitadakedesuga (Only Just Married). The drama series will begin on October 19, 2021, and will star Nana Seino and Kentaro Sakaguchi in the lead roles.
Along with this announcement, new artist photos have been released alongside the cover for the 12th single. A short video previewing the song is also available on YouTube, with art and video direction headed by Tondayashi Ran.
Aimyon – Heart [very short movie]
Starting October 9, those pre-saving or pre-adding Heart from the campaign page will be able to download an original image to use as a smartphone wallpaper!
Baki Hanma Ending Theme Music Video Released, Performed by GENERATIONS
Baki the Grappler is one of the most recognized manga series in recent history, serialized in Weekly Shonen Champion from 1991 until 1999. A new 12-episode Netflix anime series Hanma Baki is set to release on September 30, and the ending theme Unchained World, performed by GENERATIONS from Exile Tribe, is now available to stream!
The music video for the track has also been uploaded to the group’s official YouTube channel and features an intense and fast-paced performance sure to have you on your feet! The song’s title and major theme revolve around being unbound, and that comes through in this manly and powerful vocal performance and freestyle choreography.
Unchained World Music Video
The album jacket is incredible, featuring characters from the series and members of GENERATIONS illustrated in Baki Hanma style!
Will you be catching this new Baki the Grappler series on Netflix?
Girl Group Atarashii Gakko! Releases Music Video for Pineapple Kryptonite
28.September.2021 | MUSIC
The four members of Atarashii Gakko constantly generate buzz on the web for their wacky dance moves, crazy personalities, and hilarious TikTok uploads. The group has over 3 million followers on the app, and with their new track Pineapple Kryptonite streaming now, more fans are sure to flock to the ASOBISYSTEM gang. Also affiliated with 88rising, a U.S.-based label helping to promote Asian music globally, the official 88rising YouTube channel has now uploaded the music video for this catchy track.
Pineapple Kryptonite was produced by Money Mark, known as the best sound producer and melody maker in the alternative music world, having worked with the Beastie Boys for nearly 20 years. The song was created in Los Angeles, and with its addictive pop sound, it’s perfect for a new TikTok dance challenge.
The blockbuster music video depicts the girls fighting against invading aliens in the vast deserts of California. As to be expected, their choreography is on point, and the members attempted their own stunts for the first time.
Pineapple Kryptonite Music Video
The group will continue to promote their activities to an international audience, so be sure to keep an eye out for where they’ll appear next!
INTERSECTION’s Kaz Hits #1 on China Charts, MV Featuring Hikari Mitsushima Released
23.September.2021 | MUSIC
Chuang 2021, the Chinese version of the vocal audition show Produce 101, put vocalist Kaz (Kazuma Mitchell) on the map. A member of the boy band INTERSECTION, he’s been garnering massive attention for his sweet voice, good looks, and Harvard-grade intelligence.
The singer’s first EP, CODE LOVE, was released on September 13, 2021, and the music video for the track Drown feat. Hikari Mitsushima has also been uploaded to YouTube!
Kazuma himself produced the track, and as the title would suggest, the song will have listeners drowning in emotion. Hikari Mitsushima makes an appearance, and the video itself was directed by Takeshi Maruyama, who also directed MONDO GROSSO’s Labyrinth. The video itself expertly captures the moment when two people fall in love.
Kaz – Drown feat. Hikari Mitsushima MV
On the day of the video’s release, it received over 500,000 views on the Chinese version of Twitter, Weibo. CODE LOVE also ranked at #1 on the daily album ranking of NetEase, China’s major music streaming service, on release day. Upon the release of White Stallion, another song on the EP, Kaz set a NetEase record for most downloads for a Japanese artist.
Aimyon’s ‘Heart’ Chosen as Theme Song for Drama Series ‘Konnintodoke ni Han wo Oshitadakedesuga’
20.September.2021 | MUSIC
Singer-songwriter Aimyon will provide the theme song for the upcoming TBS Tuesday drama Konnintodoke ni Han wo Oshitadakedesuga (Only Just Married), premiering on TBS on October 19, 2021.
The drama will follow the story of a couple married under false pretenses, and will star Nana Seino and Kentaro Sakaguchi in the lead roles. The theme song, Heart, will be released on November 24.
Comment from Aimyon
I’ve never once had to rewrite lyrics over once I’ve written them, but for this song, I read them over and over, sang them, and rewrote them over again.
I kept fine-tuning the words, trying to keep them from being too cute, or too clumsy.
When you think about the shape of a heart, they’re odd. Round on top, but pointed on the bottom. They can be soft, or they can be painful. I thought they were the perfect symbol for a strained relationship!
I’m really looking forward to hearing the music in this drama series. I’m also looking forward to working with the stars of the drama, and I hope that you enjoy Heart! ♡
Comment from Nana Seino
From the moment the intro began playing, I could feel my understanding of my character Akiha expanding.
I want to thank Aimyon for providing us with such a wonderful song, and I can’t wait to see how the drama series and Aimyon’s song Heart blend together.
Comment from Kentaro Sakaguchi
This song perfectly encapsulates the frustrating and delicate relationship between Akiha and Momose.
After filming the series little by little, I hope that my acting will be as gentle and incredible as this track.
Fictional Band INNOSENT in FORMAL Releases New Single and Music Video
08.September.2021 | MUSIC
After performing the ending theme songs for popular anime series Ikebukuro West Gate Park, fictional cartoon band INNOSENT in FORMAL exploded in popularity. Now, the group has released a music video for their digital single ‘my peaches feat. PES.’
A smooth drum beat combined with catchy rap verses make it a perfect summer jam. The music video features vocalist Paul Smith and PES in a bit of a rap battle while driving through a blossoming, trippy landscape filled with ever-shifting graphics.
How do you like the new track?
Multimedia Project aoppella Releases Music Video for ‘Come on up, Baby’
aoppella, a new vocal multimedia project from KLab, tells the story of eleven high school students discovering the art of a cappella. These students are voiced by famous voice actors, and on August 30, a new music video for the original song Come on up, Baby, was released on the project’s official YouTube channel.
A special anniversary event is also scheduled to begin on September 4, marking six months since the project’s launch. An illustrated countdown is currently displayed on the official Twitter page.
Come on up, Baby
The track was written by Kanata Nakamura, composed by Ryo Takahashi, and arranged by zakbee. It’s sung by FYA’M, the a cappella club from Kanadezaka Private School.
Prior to the release of the song, composer Ryo Takahashi commented “I aimed to create a song that could express to the audience how voices alone can convey such complexity, warmth and closeness. There’s something sexy about this, but also smooth–perfect for FYA’M.”
With an R&B style and simple rhythm, the song tells the story of an adult romance. Listen for Daiki Hamano’s bass playing as Yui Nekoyashiki and Shugo Nakamura’s voice percussion as Fukami Shinkai.
aoppella 6-month Anniversary Countdown Underway
The aoppella music project was announced by KLab, a popular phone game company, on March 4, 2021. The group’s cover of J-pop medley Hakuga/Pretender (the tracks originally by King Gnu and Official Hige Dandism) was played over one million times in the first week of release. Since then, the group has continued to release original music, including their first album, and has started a web radio show.
Don’t miss the special illustrations counting down to the half-year anniversary on September 4!
Atre Akihabara Pop-up Store
Starting September 1, aoppella will be taking over Atre Akihabara, with the students appearing on the walls, life-size cutouts, and special in-store broadcasts. The special pop-up store will also sell goods featuring the students in their casual wear, available for the first time.
Summer Casual Wear Acrylic Stand: ¥1,045 (Tax Included)
SNS Style Acrylic Keyring (11 designs): ¥715 (Tax Included)
Summer Casual Wear Mini Signboard (13 designs): ¥495 (Tax Included)
Summer Casual Wear B3-size Poster (13 designs): ¥605 (Tax Included)
Summer Casual Wear Pin (11 designs): ¥440 (Tax Included)
Summer Casual Wear Folder (11 designs): ¥385 (Tax Included)
Summer Casual Wear Acrylic Art Panel: ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Come on up, Baby – aoppella!?
aoppella Pop-up Store
Running: September 1 – September 15, 2021
Location: Atre Akihabara 1 (1-17-6, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/aoppella
Official Site: https://www.klab.com/jp/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Releases Music Video for 10th Anniversary Track GENTENKAIHI
27.August.2021 | MUSIC
Last week, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu released her new single, GENTENKAIHI, on streaming services. The track marks 10 years since the singer’s major debut, and now, a fittingly trippy music video has been released to keep the excitement going!
(c)Issei Nomura I.N.Art Pro.NIPPON COLUMBIA CO., LTD.
Starting on August 17, Kyary’s official YouTube channel began streaming 24 hours a day for an entire week, showing the singer running nonstop. The stream served as a countdown for the release of the GENTENKAIHI music video, and matched with the concept of the video: to “keep running.”
For the past decade, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s work has continued to evolve, but the performer has also kept to her Harajuku roots. Using the video to express her desire to shake off this consistent image, Kyary is seen running away from an oversized ribbon, similar to one she usually wears on her head. Created for the music video, the ribbon is truly massive, measuring 2 meters long and 2.5 meters wide.
Kyary had her own thoughts on the music video. “The ribbon represents my origins in the industry, and I’m running from it while also wearing a similar ribbon on my head. It was an incredibly hot day when we filmed, so the scene where I ran through the forest was really tough. We got some great shots though, so please, check it out!”
The video itself was directed by N2B+peladone, a creative team known for their work with Creepy Nuts and Nogizaka46.
If you haven’t seen it, go check out Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new video, and help celebrate her 10th anniversary!
RADWIMPS Release Music Video for New Song, ‘SUMMER DAZE’
24.August.2021 | MUSIC
The music video for RADWIMPS’ surprise new track SUMMER DAZE is now available on the rock band’s official YouTube channel. The SoundCloud link is also available.
RADWIMPS – SUMMER DAZE
The inspiration behind the new track stemmed from the global depression that has carried over from 2020. Lead singer Yojiro Noda’s friend and creative director Kunichi Nomura hoped to create a summer anthem that would make people feel a little better. With such pure intentions, a number of other creative minds gathered to contribute to the project, including art director YOSHIROTTEN, photographer Tomoyuki Kawakami, and up-and-coming model NANAMI KEYES.
RADWIMPS – SUMMER DAZE Music Video
SUMMER DAZE is a gift from RADWIMPS to everyone to enjoy during the summer of 2021, in the hopes that everyone can find some joy during this warm season.
Comment from lead singer Yojiro Noda
In 2020, music festivals were cancelled across the board. I was looking forward to 2021 and had such high hopes, even if it seemed as though things wouldn’t get better. I talked about this to my friend Kun-chan (Kunichi Nomura) about it.
“It’s going to be another depressing summer, isn’t it? Let’s at least make a summer anthem that will make people feel just a LITTLE better when they hear it. Something that will make you feel like you can run anywhere, and just dance through everything. Let’s just condense all the dazzling things about summer into one song.”
That’s how SUMMER DAZE came to be.
As summer got closer, we gradually decided on the arrangement, and when we played it for our friends, they just started dancing. We started getting excited to make a music video, and as time went on, more and more creators wanted to join us. Everyone had to work during the day, and at night we’d have meetings and location scouting sessions. It was the first time for us to do everything on our own, including making the music, T-shirts, producing the video, jacket shooting…everything.
Consider this a gift from us to you, everyone living through summer of 2021. It will be uploaded to SoundCloud and YouTube for free. We hope that you’ll be listening to it while you create some wonderful summer memories.
Thanks again to YOSHIROTTEN, who took time out of his busy schedule to help us; to Kawakami, the cameraman; to Kasai, who worked tireless on the video; to Nanami, who ran full-speed through the streets at midnight; and, of course, thanks to Kun-chan.
I wish everyone a bright summer.
Official Site: http://radwimps.jp/